Friday, April 26, 2013

Changing Education Paradigms - Friday Film

A thought-provoking 12 minute video.This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.

(The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.)

Capitol Reads

April's Capitol Read is Loving Frank by Nancy Horan.

I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.
So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.
In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America’s greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney’s profound influence on Wright.

More information about Capitol Reads selections can be found on the WVLC website

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced for 2013

On April 15, 2013, the Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism and the Arts were announced. The winners include:

Letters and Drama

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys by Gilbert King

Check the WVLC catalog for title availability. Or check your local library for these prize winners.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Libraries Celebrate Money Smart Week

Some events happening in libraries this week include:  
Monday, April 22nd
Huntington:  Children’s Smart Money Workshop at the Cabell County Public Library
Morgantown: Money Smart Credit and Debt workshop, Resume Writing workshop and Teaching Children to Save reading event at the Morgantown Public Library
Tuesday, April 23rd
Morgantown:  Smart Couponing workshop at Morgantown Public Library
Wednesday, April 24th
Bridgeport:  Identity theft, credit reports and budgeting workshop at the Bridgeport Public Library
Thursday, April 25th
Morgantown:  Personal Money Matters workshop at the Public Library
Martinsburg:  Basic Budgeting and Everyday Expenses workshop at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library

 For more information about Money Smart Week or to see what other events are happening around the state, check out WV Money Smart Week on Facebook.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Capitol Reads

March's Capitol Read was Clay's Quilt by Silas House.

Clay Sizemore was just four years old when his mother died. Clay's father was long gone by then. Surrounded by aunts and uncles, loyal friends and cousins, Clay loves his town of Free Creek. But what he doesn't have - a mother, a father, sisters or brothers - is what gnaws at him year after year. And what leads him to leave Free Creek and try to make a life of his own." "This is the story of how Clay, a coal miner in love with his hometown but unsure of his place within it, finds the family he's been seeking. And it's the story of the people who become part of the life he shapes: from his religious Aunt Easter to Uncle Paul, the skilled quilter who teaches Clay that you can make a beautiful thing out of bits and pieces. At the heart of it all is Alma, the fiddler whose song and quiet spirit wend their way into Clay's heart, saving him just as he approaches the brink of despair. Together, they help Clay to fashion a life from what treasured pieces are around him and to see the family that has been right beside him all along.

More information about Capitol Reads selections can be found on the WVLC website

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Library Update Available to View

The newest episode of Library Update is up on YouTube. This is part one of Episode 18, Little Library With a Big Heart. Make sure to catch parts 2 and 3 of the episode as well.

The West Virginia Library Commission is committed to promoting, assisting, and supporting high quality library services and information resources to all West Virginia residents. This includes getting relevant information out to library directors, their staff, and patrons through various formats. Currently the Library Commission uses its website, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, e-bulletins and now YouTube to disseminate information. 

WVLC plans on bringing you current programs, topics, and trends. This broad spectrum includes partnerships, training, programming, and service. We want this program to be a useful, entertaining resource for you. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding topics on this show, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-642-9021. 

This program is not intended to act as a calendar of events, but as a vehicle of ideology and practical tips. Specific event information can always be found on our website and at your local libraries.

The video in this post is the first segment of the episode. Check it out, then view parts 2 and 3. Make sure you subscribe to the West Virginia Library Commission YouTube channel so you don't miss the newest episodes!